Offline Works

These pages relate to some of Maeda’s offline works, specifically three books he’s written.

Redesigning Leadership, written in 2011, is a summary of Maeda’s experiences since becoming the president of the Rhode Island School of Design in 2008, and his thoughts on what makes an effective leader in modern society.

Laws of Simplicity, written in 2006, was Maeda’s musings on what makes a design effective, by paring away the unnecessary components until what’s left is a simple, effective, and pleasing item.

Design By Numbers, written in 1999, is an instruction manual for a project of the same name Maeda created while at MIT.  It walks the reader through entering commands into a sample computer art program, in an attempt to offer a visual, easy to understand example of computer programming.


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